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What Garmin Thailand map can I use on my nuvi?

There are 3 main options:

  1. Thailand City Navigator (NOSTRA) – 2,200 THB (purchase from a local Garmin dealer in Thailand) – the link above will direct you to Garmin.co.th map update, as there is no map item in the online store, nor specific description of this product
  2. City Navigator Southeast Asia Map from Garmin – USD 99.99 – link to Garmin map download website

    FREE Garmin map for Thailand provided by:
  3. Openstreet:

 

Related questions:
What navigation software can be used on my iPhone in Thailand?

 

Garmin Thailand announced new model – Driving Recorder GDR E350

GDR E350 Camcorder announced by Garmin Thailand

Garmin GDR E350Price: 6,990 THB

Garmin GDR E350 review here.

This model is available in Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines and Taiwan. It seems to be the same model as Garmin Dash Cam 35  – USD 199.99 (at first glance I can’t find any differences).

In other countries i On Garmin International website,   you will find this model here (redirect to garmin.com)

Highlights:

Reliable, HD Driving Recorder with GPS and Helpful Driver Warnings

  • High-definition GPS standalone driving recorder with easy-to-see 3.0-Garmin GDR E350inch LCD display
  • Helpful driver awareness alerts include forward collision warning and red light and speed camera warning
  • GPS-enabled; footage records location, direction, speed, date and time to show exactly where and when accidents and incidents occur
  • Garmin GDR E350Incident Detection (G-Sensor) automatically saves footage of collisions and incidents
  • Excellent field of view with high video quality, even in low-light conditions

 

 

Physical Specifications:
Dimensions (WxHxD): 9.43 cm x 4.85 cm x 3.89 cm
Weight: 112.7 g
GPS: yes
Screen: 3.0″ TFT LCD
Frame rate: 30 FPS
Incident detection (G-Sensor): yes
Battery life: up to 30 minutes

Review on GDR E350 coming soon. 

GARMIN THAILAND map update – TSM v.2012.30

The GPS Garmin map for Thailand has been updated to version 2012.30. Formal name: Thailand Street Map version 2012.30 (TSM v.2012.30).

What’s new:

  • Update Thailand road data.
  • Update 820,000 points of interest (POIs) for navigation.
  • Introduce Nostra Guide data including categories such as shopping, attractions, and restaurant.
  • Update Junction Views in Bangkok and Chiang Mai (for compatible devices only).
  • Add warning sound and message when approaching traffic light.
  • Add new 3-D buildings in Bangkok and terrain views for up-country (for compatible devices only).
  • Update telephone numbers (navigable).
  • Support traffic report* (for compatible devices only).
  • Update Lane Info for Bangkok, Greater Bangkok, and major cities in Thailand.
  • Support automatic Thai/English map switching for dual language map (for compatible devices only).
  • Improve text-to-speech or TTS (for compatible devices only).
  • Support intersections search (for compatible devices only).
  • Support parking lots search (for compatible devices only).
Memory requirements for TSM v.2012.30:
Thai language map = 217 MB
English language map = 199 MB
Dual map (Thai and English) = 304 MB
How to update the map:
1. For units under warranty (no more than 1 year from purchase date) and  eligible for  Free Life Time Map Update (nuvi series: 215W, or 2465, 2565, 2575, 3770, 3790V purchased on or after 1st July, 2012) – visit and register on http://www.gpssociety.com (Thai, English)
2. Otherwise, contact us (e-mail Eagle GPS Co., Ltd.) or your local distributor for details.

Garmin iPhone app

GARMIN RELEASED iPHONE NAV APPLICATION WITH THAI MAP

The application supports menu in English, Thai, Chinese and Malay. It consists of preloaded NAVTEQ map covering Thailand (only; some other available from iTunes). It supports dual languages on map: English and Thai, and also:

  • lane assist with photoReal junction view
  • Where Am I? locator
  • speed limits
  • 3D building and landmarks
  • location sharing via Facebook or SMS
  • trip planner
  • weather conditions and 5-day forecast
  • FREE LIFETIME MAP UPDATES (up to 2 map data updates per year)

Compatible with iPhone 3GS,4 and 4S. Also: iPod touch (3rd and 4th Generation) and iPad. Size: 488 MB. Price: USD 19.99 (promo until 8 July, 2012)
Related links: iTunes Garmin Thailand app

The app makes good impression at first. But truly I don’t think it will replace my nuvi while navigating in Bangkok where decision must be made quickly. iPhone tends to delay display of current position. Easy to notice after a turn (still showing previous driving direction).

Still it’s nice to have it just in case ;). iPhone car charger highly recommended – the GPS drain the battery really quickly.